How to Build Great Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build great teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

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The Future of Micro-credentialing Policy

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. In our policy paper we suggest that micro-credentials, with the right tools, technologies, and virtual learning communities, could transform the teaching profession and fuel better outcomes for students. No doubt, we have a long way to go. and how much.

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How To Create A No-Zero Policy In Your Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

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How to Talk to Kids About Poverty

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, he shares his story and encouragement to help teachers reach children from a variety of backgrounds. You’ll want to listen to this encouraging show! Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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Exploring Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States

Digital Promise

In this series, we take a closer look inside our new paper, “ Micro-credentials and Education Policy in the United States: Recognizing Learning and Leadership for Our Nation’s Teachers.”. However, many surveys of teachers suggest that teachers rarely have access to the professional learning they need and want, as well as the kind that is most effective in helping them improve their teaching. Education policy issues must be addressed first.

5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel Them: The Truth About Teaching in America

The CoolCatTeacher

— These are just two of the myths that social studies teacher Aaron Pribble tackles in this motivating, uplifting talk about what it is really like to be a teacher in America today. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel them. So when are you going to do it?

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Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

How can we help? Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms? This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program. However, this is at no additional cost to you. Nicol Howard on episode 482 Dr. Nicol R. Howard champions digital equity issues for children. What are those issues?

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Teaching students how to manage digital distractions

Neo LMS

By the time I got to work with teenagers, they had sophisticated devices through which they could even fact check me during classes. That’s not to say that my education was better than theirs, or that my generation was less distracted. When we think of distractions, we think of students using their devices for nonclass purposes, the ones that have to be on TikTok all the time or respond to messages as soon as a notification pops up.

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How School Leaders Can Motivate Instructional Innovation: A Teacher’s Quest for Progress

The CoolCatTeacher

They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason– when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step to teaching totally online when necessary.

How to Manage Student Devices for Remote Learning

Digital Promise

As schools across the country have rapidly shifted to distance learning due to school closures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19), students have been sent home with school-issued devices like laptops or tablets so they can continue their learning from home. During this unprecedented time, districts need to have systems in place to manage these devices while students learn remotely for the foreseeable future.

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How to craft useful, student-centered social media policies

eSchool News

Whether your school or district has officially adopted social media or not, conversations are happening in and around your school on everything from Facebook to Snapchat. Schools must reckon with this reality and commit to supporting thoughtful and critical social media use among students, teachers, and administrators. If not, schools and classrooms risk everything from digital distraction to privacy violations. Next page: What to include in a social media policy.

School boards: Good for policy, bad for management

The Christensen Institute

Last Thursday in a special session called by the New York governor, the state legislature voted to reauthorize mayoral control over New York City schools. Leading up to the deadline, New York mayor Bill De Blasio warned of “ chaos ” if control backslides to community school boards. The answer lies in a truth as certain as death and taxes: elected bodies—such as school boards—are good for making public policy, but often terrible for managing organizations.

5 Ways to Empower Girls

The CoolCatTeacher

Lynn Colón shares insight on empowering girls in schools today From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Lynn Colón, co-author of Empowering Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More , helps us understand what schools need to be doing to intentionally empower their female students to achieve more. Listen to Lynn Colón talk about empowering girls Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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3 misconceptions that could distort higher education policy

The Christensen Institute

Higher education institutions are racing to keep up with the ever-evolving student and workforce demands—and policymakers have no shortage of (ostensibly) good ideas to improve the sector. In three specific buzz-inducing cases, it’s worth taking a step back to evaluate the bigger picture before policymakers create legislation or institutions alter programs that may not produce desired outcomes. The hot solution to college affordability: make it free.

How to Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. According to D. More simply, it’s: …an extended group of knowledgeable people you reach out to for answers, and trust to guide your learning. If they don’t know how, they’ll have a friend who does.

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect (just use the code COOLCAT ) and learn more about Urkund today.

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A Step-By-Step Plan To Create A BYOD Policy For Schools

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The post A Step-By-Step Plan To Create A BYOD Policy For Schools appeared first on TeachThought. Technology How-To

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How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The updated guidelines take into account nearly all edtech products today in the cloud, providing more access to teacher and student usage data. Districts are more frequently asking for their own student and teacher product usage data to perform their own studies.

Policy Watch: Educators Can Teach Lawmakers What Our Students Need

EdNews Daily

It’s no secret to educators that students are not meeting literacy benchmarks. The good news is that everyone—legislators, governors, educators, and families—understands the gravity of the situation and wants to improve it. Unfortunately, when it comes time to allocate money to help address the problem, literacy becomes just one more challenge among many in need of funding. To effect legislative change, educators must support legislators.

The right policies for virtual schools

The Christensen Institute

All too often, debates about virtual schools tend to extremes. Critics point to low achievement scores and high turnover rates, decry the prevalence of for-profit operators, attack the online instructional model, and then call for virtual schools to be wiped from the public education system. It is refreshing to see a perspective that neither glorifies nor condemns virtual schools, but instead looks objectively on what’s working, what’s not working, and what needs to improve.

8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive (and Veteran Teachers Too!)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Immediately, we can start to help new teachers and help each other in the process. The research gives us some insight into how each of us can help other teachers thrive. We have to do better. We have to help and encourage each other. The Research About Keeping Teachers First, let’s dive into some research about how to help teachers thrive (and not quit teaching.)

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Is Your Chromebook Care Policy Complete? Here’s How to Amp It Up.

techlearning

Tips for thinking beyond the legal aspects of device care communications

Virtual Reality (VR) as a New Educational Paradigm

The CoolCatTeacher

He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e204. I have to give a hat tip to Dr. Lisa Durff, who is my research assistant. She saw Enrique present in Second Life recently about how we can really change things using Virtual Reality.

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3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Engagement is a key component of learning, so what better way to engage students than by implementing the social media platforms they already love to use? How can you use these platforms in your classroom, and how can you do so safely?

Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

We talk about targets, those who bully and how to respond when helping those embroiled in this situation. October is the month we work to take a stand against bullying, so this is a topic of emphasis this month for many of us. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of #iste17

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Terry Freedman @terryfreedman author of Education Conferences: Teachers’ Guide to Getting the Most out of Education Conferences talks about how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 or any conference you attend. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool! Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. The “killer question” to ask people you meet. Some challenges unique to #iste17.

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5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e245. Vicki: Today we’re talking to Mike Dougherty from Ohio. Today I’d like to do a show for my parents at my school, as well as for parents around the country, I’d like to make a resource to be able to share with parents.

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6 critical teacher policies states should monitor

eSchool News

Rapid modernization surrounding teacher policies has largely slowed in the past two years, with few states initiating new actions to improve policies guiding teacher selection, preparation, evaluation, and retention, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Florida and Louisiana are this year’s top-performing states, each earning a B+, according to NCTQ’s biannual 2017 State Teacher Policy Yearbook. News Polic

How to Understand Cyberbullying: From a Teen’s Experience

The CoolCatTeacher

For this reason, I’m asking that you listen and discuss — she’s using her pain to help improve the world. Listen to this show on BAM Radio Network | iTunes . I hope that we’ll all understand what it is like to be bullied so we can better help those who struggle. Sure, there are two sides to the story. I know what it is like to be made fun of the moment you walk on campus. Students can come to me and trust me.

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It’s time to reconsider how to fight poverty

The Christensen Institute

The narrator encounters a man pacing across the sand while periodically bending down to pick up a starfish and throw it back into the sea. I know I won’t make a difference for all of them,” the star thrower responds, crouching once more to pick up another starfish, “but I can make a difference for this one.”. It’s a lovely story that teaches that no act of service is truly insignificant and inspires people to continue trying to do good even when their contribution seems small.

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Plagiarism: What it is and how to identify it

Ask a Tech Teacher

In fact, it’s illegal to do this. BUT a single copy may be used for scholarly research (even if that’s a 2nd grade life cycle report) or in teaching or preparation to teach a class.” One out of three high school students admitted that they used the Internet to plagiarize an assignment. I can copy-paste anything posted to the Internet. You need to find out what permissions the website allows you when visiting their site. How to cite sources.

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How to Build a Better, More Equitable Job Hunting Platform

Edsurge

It was important to me that we create a safe environment where everyone’s voice could be heard—that we inspire a culture of diverse thought and creativity that expands our individual understanding of the world. And that’s basically the question that our technology is designed to answer.

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How to Craft Useful, Student-Centered Social Media Policies

Graphite Blog

Whether your school or district has officially adopted social media or not, conversations are happening in and around your school on everything from Facebook to Snapchat. Schools must reckon with this reality and commit to supporting thoughtful and critical social media use among students, teachers, and administrators. If not, schools and classrooms risk everything from digital distraction to privacy violations. Describe what platforms are being used, where, when, and how.

How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

When Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to middle school students, she draws upon her experience as an art teacher. Vaidyanathan has her students learn the basics of coding by creating clever art and animations—works that would be nearly impossible to create with a pencil and paper but can be done with just a few lines of code. Tapping into students’ creativity is one of the keys to engaging more girls in what continues to be a male-dominated discipline.

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